You deserve what you settle for…

I was looking back at my personal blog and found this posting that I had made last year.  This statement is one that struck me to the core  and correlates to business and life in so many ways.  It is so important to raise a high bar when we are developing our businesses, holding our teams accountable and hiring our people; settling for less often creates many more bottlenecks, leaves people with a bad taste in their mouth and compromises our branding.  The most amazing connection is the one between work and life…when you settle at work, are you also settling in our personal life?  What is the benefit in doing so? What is the cost in doing so?  Such a great exercise to reflect on.  Below is the original post:

You deserve what you settle for… 

Ever read something and it completely knocks you on your ass and suddenly things just become clear? One day I stumbled upon “You deserve what you settle for” and clarity literally smacked me right in the face! A statement that really just sums up most of my past learning’s; think of all the times you failed to act quickly or delay decisions that you know needed to be made. Then you end up in a situation where you are not happy or feel disappointed and all the while you could have changed things much sooner (when your internal gauge started to tell you something was wrong or the situation/person didn’t match your values). Is it a bold statement to think that we deserve what we get if we’re not willing to change things on our own? I felt so much freedom with this realization…if I settled for less then mediocre…well then I got what I deserved!

Isn’t it so amazing that life is all based on our ability to make choices and take responsibility for the results that we get? Sometimes the lessons sting, but then again the learning’s are a sweet reward if you choose to find it.

5 things remarkable bosses never do!

5 things Remarkable Bosses Never Do!

As a leader, there certain things that you should stay away from doing.  In the past they might have been part of a leaders’ protocol, but as businesses change it is important to adapt and re-align to new priorities!  Check out this great article posted by INC Magazine.

The Golden Rule applies to business more then we know!

Now please don’t confuse the definition of this post with “he who has the gold makes all the rules”; I know I am mixing a principle often connected to religion with business, but my intention is to highlight why the true definition of the rule should be a day to day practice for us all!  Through my learnings over the years, I have seen all too many times the impact that  leaders in power positions have on their business just by how they treat their staff.  I was always lucky for the most part to position myself with company’s/leaders that valued its staff but I really saw a major difference in other companies around me.

I remember as a child being told how important the golden rule was, especially when I was being taught a lesson in how to treat my friends.  I carried these lessons as I grew older and really applied them to my core values as I became a leader.  I understood that the more I gave to others, the more I grew and strengthened as a leader.  The primary secret to having a successful business comes from the focus and attention we put on our staff and to the community that supports us; you will always get back what you give and the people who us support you will do the same as well!

Another part to this is often we aspire to be amazing leaders; we have dreams of being great to those around us but work and life ends up throwing us so many curveballs that we end up reacting and having very little time to be the greatness we so wanted to be!  Setting some time aside to think about our leaders’ legacy is a vital part of setting goals and re-gaining perspective as to what our true priorities are.

If you find yourself falling into the re-active category, here are a few steps you can take to control and re-position yourself as a leader:

  1. Set some time aside and create a list summarizing the traits you want to be known for as a leader.
  2. Sets some goals based on the list you created above.  For example, if you want to spend more time with your employees each week…book the time, enrol your staff in your new vision and ensure that you stick to it! Follow through is directly connected to your integrity!
  3. Share your learnings with those around you (your staff and those who support your business).  Share with them your goals and ask them for feedback; they will want to support your journey as it will directly impact how you lead them and the time you make for them.
  4. Take some time to develop yourself, even if it means that you listen to audio books in the car if you don’t have the time to read.  Surrounding ourselves with new knowledge will inevitably start to influence the decisions we make in the moment.  Some great reads are “First Break all the Rules,” “The 5 levels of Leadership,” “Strengths Finder,”  “Strengths Based Leadership,” and “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
  5. Re-training yourself and your habits is much like a new workout regimen; you must be diligent and put thought into every movement you are doing to ensure you are training your muscles correctly.  Frequency is the key to success!
  6. Hold yourself accountable by asking for continuous feedback from those around you; create an open environment where your staff feel comfortable to approach you to talk about where they stand.
  7. Touch base with that list you first created (quarterly is sufficiant).  There will be times where you fall back into old patterns, don’t get too hard on yourself; just go back at #1 and start the list again.

We are all human and we all make mistakes, but its how we correct these mistakes and impact those around us that really counts towards our leaders’ legacy.  And just remember…treat those around you the way you yourself would what to be treated!


How do you make sure your employees are happy?

Here is a great article from Fast Company highlighting 30 innovative ways to keep your employees happy and loyal beyond increasing their wages.  Although it is important to keep up with competitive wages, it is more important to show your staff each day that you care about them beyond their pay cheques!  This is one important piece to creating a loyal staff and eliminating the extreme costs of high turnover.  

Low cost ways to show your employees they’re highly valued!

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